As y’all might know, we’re well into both Montreal experimental electronic pop trio Saxsyndrum as well as Toronto synthpop stars-in-waiting For Esmé. So, remember For Esmé’s smash from back in the winter? Well, Saxsyndrum have thoroughly deconstructed the catchy brilliance of “You” and reimagined the pop song as an expansive, psychedelic electronic jam somewhat in the vein of classic Caribou. It’s at times meticulously sparse, other times wonderfully dense, and an overall fascinating trip, definitely one of the best things we’ve yet heard from the Montreal experimenters.
The two bands play several shows together in the coming weeks, which you should catch if it’s an option for you, geographically: July 16 at Casa del Popolo in Montreal, and July 23 at the WayHome festival in Oro-Medonte. Saxsyndrum’s excellent SXD_EP from last year is still available from their Bandcamp, and For Esmé’s awesome singles are available from theirs.
Mix: Best of March 2015
1. The Acorn – Influence
2. Tigerwing – Coax
3. Grimes – REALiti
4. Doldrums – Loops
5. Braids – Taste
6. Man Made Hill – Angelchylde
7. LIDS – Blank Flag
8. Marie Davidson – Excès De Vitesse
9. TIO – A Simple Way
10. JOOJ – Shoulders and Whispers
11. ANAMAI – Lucia
12. Choses Sauvages – Laura
13. Dream Safari – Starzone
14. Saxsyndrum – Dance, Dance, Dance
15. Violence – L’invention du divertissement
What a pretty and happy-inducing cover of Lykki Li, coming our way from Montreal’s Saxsyndrum! Just so pretty! The original song, which recently had a slight resurgence by being featured in an episode of House of Cards, lends itself perfectly to Sea Oleena’s soft and delicate voice. Meanwhile, the members of Saxsyndrum restrain themselves from the artpop dance party we’ve come to expect from the band, letting the innate gentleness of the song speak for itself. It doesn’t happen often, but we love it when bands find their softer side.